Hogwarts Legacy has single-handedly revived interest in the Harry Potter franchise, making fans forget about awful Fantastic Beasts movies and the even worse Cursed Child book. Despite the controversy surrounding author J.K. Rowling, the game has reignited love and passion for the Wizarding World.
David Haddad, the Warner Bros. Games president, spoke to Variety about the Harry Potter RPG’s success. Apparently, the game has already been played by its fanbase for a total of 267 million hours. We doubt any fan has seen the Fantastic Beasts movies that much!
Unsurprisingly, the success of Hogwarts Legacy has made Warner Bros. see this as a long-term franchise. This is probably the Harry Potter boost the company needed after Fantastic Beasts failed to ignite the fanbase. All fans can do is hope that the game has a solid follow-up that improves on everything.
“We are very pleased with the initial launch and see a bright future for our other platform launches,” Haddad says.
For all of the shots we take at Fantastic Beasts, there was initially some hope that these films would do well. The movies had talented actors and the first installment was a cute, self-contained film. Unfortunately, the sequels tried to cram in too many Harry Potter references, whilst committing first-class character assassination and getting its own lore wrong. (McGonnagol shouldn’t have even been born at the time or Fantastic Beasts 2, let alone an adult teacher!) No one even talks about the third movie.
While Hogwarts Legacy is a success, it is a controversial one. After all, many are familiar with the anti-trans views of J.K. Rowling and she benefits from this game’s success. It’s a shame that this quality title, coming from a franchise that championed being different, is benefiting someone like Rowling.
With the game being so successful, many believed it would receive DLC expansions down the line. However, it looks like Hogwarts Legacy DLC isn’t happening anytime soon, if at all. Perhaps a sequel instead?
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If you’re willing to ignore the pleas of the trans community, then Hogwarts Legacy is readily available on the PS5, Xbox Series, and PC. Last-gen versions for the PS4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch are coming out later this year.